What is your favorite thing about traveling? Is it the anticipation of a new destination or the thrill of getting to explore one for the first time?
Or maybe you just enjoy being able to spend some quality time with friends and family.
But if there’s something that can make traveling less enjoyable, it’s dealing with germs and sickness on an airplane.
As you pack up for your trip, you may be wondering: Can I bring Lysol on a plane?
Lysol is not allowed on a plane or in checked baggage because it is a flammable aerosol, according to the TSA. The TSA does not have specific requirements on their website for Lysol, but their Twitter at @AskTSA has all the answers you need. One Twitter user asked “@AskTSA Are Lysol disinfectant spray bottles 1oz size allowed in carry-on luggage?”
Here’s what they had to say:
“Flammable aerosols that don’t qualify as medicinal or toiletry items aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.”
Flammable aerosol cans are pressurized. If they are punctured mid flight, the smallest spark can cause a fire in the luggage compartment or airplane cabin. So the TSA restricts flammable aerosol cans for passengers’ safety.
If you need aerosol spray on your trip, buy it once you get to your destination. Bringing the spray anyway and getting it confiscated is just more trouble for you and the TSA agents. Everyone wants a smooth run through airport security.
Learn more about the restrictions on flammable aerosol cans at this link.
But what does this mean for travelers who want to keep their luggage and themselves germ-free before they get to their destination? How can they stay germ-free?
Fortunately, the TSA says you can bring disinfectant sprays on a plane if they follow their 3-1-1 liquid rule. If the spray is not an aerosol, it does not exceed 3.4 ounces or 100 mL, and it can fit into a quart sized bag, you can carry it on a plane. Again, be aware that if it contains aerosol, it will be confiscated. Aerosol sprays are a potential danger to everyone on board.
As you can see in the tweet above, aerosols are only allowed on board for medical reasons or if they’re toiletries. To make security screening easier, put all of them in clear plastic bags before going through security. This makes inspection easy and you won’t have to interact much, if at all, with TSA agents. Be aware that they are the final decision makers when it comes to bringing your aerosol spray on a plane. Just make sure to follow all of their instructions and rules before you go through airport security.
Even though you can’t bring aerosol spray on a plane, you can also bring Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer. They’re both allowed in your checked bag and carry-on luggage. The TSA allows one 12 ounce container of hand sanitizer on a plane at this time. But if you exceed 3.4 ounces or 100 mL, the screening process may take some extra time.
Frequently Asked Questions – Bringing Lysol on a Plane
Can you carry disinfectant spray in flight?
You can carry disinfectant spray in flight as long as it does not exceed 3.4 ounces or 100 mL. If you bring over 3.4 ounces, it must go into your checked baggage. Flammable aerosols like Lysol are not permitted in carry-on bags or checked luggage. Aerosols are only permitted in your carry on or checked luggage if they’re toiletries or for medicinal purposes.
Can you take Clorox wipes on a plane?
Yes, you can bring Clorox wipes on a plane and in checked baggage, according to the TSA.
Can I bring a can of lysol in my checked luggage?
No, Lysol is a flammable aerosol. Flammable aerosols are not allowed in any quantities in carry-on bags or checked luggage. Any spark could ignite the chemicals inside and start a fire.
Can you bring lysol wipes on a plane in Canada?
Yes, you can bring Lysol wipes on a plane in Canada, according to the TSA. They’re also allowed in checked baggage.
Here are some wipes that you can bring from Amazon.
Or if you prefer hand sanitizer, check out this link.
How to Stay Germ Free While Traveling
When traveling, you’ll come into contact with people from all over the world. And you’ll all be in one tight spot for several hours or longer. So staying germ-free is incredibly important.
Besides using the disinfectant sprays and or wipes before you sit down or grab handles, latches on door or storage compartments, there are a few other things you can do. They might seem like common sense, but they’re important to keep your flight germ-free.
- Before takeoff, wipe down the tray table and armrests with alcohol or disinfectant wipes.
- When you arrive at your destination, use hand sanitizer before going through security screening. Also, use it after you wash your hands in bathroom sinks.
- Use hand sanitizer and offer it to others around you
- Keep your hands free of contact with other passengers as much as possible. If you’re reading this article, you’re more conscious of spreading germs than most people.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes using your elbow, not your hand.
- Wash your hands before you board your flight, and after you use the bathroom on the flight
- Disinfect your phone, touch screen surfaces, and keyboard from time to time as you are traveling to prevent the buildup of germs.
- Bring Lysol wipes and give them to your kids often. Kids are germ magnets!
This next one isn’t really a tip on how to fly safely, but it’ll keep you and others healthy. Stay home and don’t travel if you have cold or flu symptoms. These could spread easily by coming into contact with others.
Canceling your trip might not be the most convenient, but it’s better than spreading what you have and possibly risking the health and wellbeing of others. Not to mention that if you’re sick, you probably wouldn’t enjoy your trip as much as if you’re healthy.
That wraps up our article ‘Can I bring Lysol on a plane?’ The short answer is no, because Lysol cans contain aerosol. Aerosols are only allowed on planes for medicinal reasons or as toiletries.
Pump spray disinfectants or others that do not contain aerosol are allowed if under 3.4 ounces or 100 mL.
If you’re confused by all of these rules and regulations for disinfectants, you’re not alone. Just bring some Clorox wipes; those are a safe bet in your checked bags and carry-on bags.
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